I originally shared this post several years ago and it remains one of my most popular posts. Since the Milk Carton Gingerbread House is a fantastic Christmas craft, I’m reposting for those of you in search of a fun and inexpensive Christmas craft. Enjoy!
One of the girlies’ friends came to play today, so I had to make sure they had a fun Christmas activity to enjoy. To help celebrate the season, the children created adorable Milk Carton Gingerbread Houses.
This is the precious little house Sweet Pea and Sugar Plum constructed (with a bit of help from me). Construction was truly a joint effort as Sweet Pea decorated the house while Sugar Plum made sure the sidewalk was well paved! However, at some point during construction, the sidewalk was nibbled! What a surprise!
The children had a blast creating their houses! If you would like to make a Graham Cracker “Gingerbread” House with a little one you know, you simply need to gather a few easy to find materials and let your little one’s creative juices flow!
Milk Carton Gingerbread House
1/2 pint milk carton (like the ones children have during school lunch)
1 (16 ounce) container of vanilla frosting
2 cups powdered sugar
2 1/2 graham crackers
assorted candies (gummy bears, Skittles, M&Ms, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, etc)
Ziploc sandwich bag
Thoroughly rinse out the milk carton. Allow it to dry completely and staple the carton shut.
Place the icing into a medium size mixing bowl. Add powdered sugar a 1/2 cup at a time and mix until icing reaches a stiff, yet spreadable, consistency. You may need more or less powdered sugar. (Keep in mind that the icing needs to be stiff enough so that the graham crackers will adhere to the milk carton.)
Break the long graham crackers into two equal sections. This will give you 4 squares that will fit nearly perfectly on the sides of the milk carton and form the house’s walls.
Break the remaining graham cracker in half. This will cover the narrow sides of the house, forming a roof.
Spread icing on the flat side of the graham crackers and “glue” them to the sides of the milk carton to create the walls and roof. Press gently to help the crackers adhere to the milk carton.
Create your own pastry bag by adding a bit of icing to the Ziploc bag sealing the bag shut. (Be sure to get all of the air out of the bag before sealing it shut.) Squeeze the icing over to one corner of the bag. Use scissors to snip the corner of the bag so that you can pipe out the icing.
Use your Ziploc pastry bag to pipe out the icing needed to fill in any gaps between the crackers and to fill in the empty spots on the roof not covered by graham crackers. Place candies along the piped icing to decorate the house.
Get creative! Use the pastry bag to create doors and windows on the house. Pipe dots of icing and “glue” the candies onto the house however you wish. Just be sure to take plenty of pictures before letting the little ones nibble the house. Once they start it will be hard for them to stop!
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